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Catholics want you to see Spotlight; Superbowl faith; Huffington Post loses religion + sex and ageing


Saturday 6 February 2016

In the Spotlight: Australian Catholic bishops are encouraging their church members to see new movie ​Spotlight, ​about the expose by the ​Boston Globe ​of systemic child sexual abuse in the US Catholic Church. The Bishops call it “uncomfortable but important” viewing. “More importantly it can be an opportunity to re-double our efforts to assist those who have been the victims, and now survivors, of this terrible abuse and for whom the screening of this movie might well open up painful wounds. And it must reinforce our shared determination to make our parishes and other institutions and agencies places of absolute safety for our children and young people.” says Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe. Read more >> 

Faith in the White House: US President Barack Obama has added three new White House “faith advisers” to his list, including blogger and author of ​A Year of Biblical Womanhood, ​Rachel Held Evans who switched from being an evangelical to episcopalian last year. It got ​Eternity ​wondering who Australia’s “faith advisers” might be, if we ever had any. Read more about Obama’s new picks, here >> 

In the lead up to the Superbowl, (a football game, US-style) Michael Oher the man whose life story forms the basis of the movie The Blind Side, opens up about what he thought of the film. And his adoptive Mum also speaks about what she learned: “Making people realise that families do not have to match — that you don’t have to look like someone to love them. If I’m not known for anything else in this whole world, I want people to know this — if there’s not someone in your social circle who doesn’t look like you, then shame on you.” Read more >> 

Losing my religion: The Huffington Post is dropping its religion coverage. At Eternity we are not unhappy about the decision. While we hate ANY journo job losses,we are not sure they did a very good job (they were biased). Read more about the decision >>

Sex and ageing in the church: With an ageing population, this article explores how to have healthy conversations about Christian attitudes towards sexuality and relationships in later life. “There is no age limit on Jesus’ promise of abundant life—and this promise encompasses every area of our lives, through every life stage, to the glory of God. Scripture presents a hopeful and life-giving portrait of sexuality for those of us at midlife and beyond. Both Sarah and Abraham, and Elizabeth and Zechariah, each long infertile and past their active childrearing years, conceived children as a miracle from and a testimony to God—a miracle that took place for the aging pairs in the context of intimacy.” Read more >> 

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